Case Study: Cathedral Square, Brisbane
In February 2016, Brisbane City Council completed the first stage of its modernising project at Cathedral Square, located in the heart of Brisbane’s CBD. The council’s aim was to upgrade and beautify the square in order to create a more inviting public space for use by people working in and passing through the CBD. The council brought this brief to Locker Group, who worked closely with them in order to bring this project to life. The result: an attractive and modern space that’s more fully utilized.
Cathedral Square incorporates a number of integrated areas including hardscapes, softscapes, paving, lawn, gardens and trees. The council wanted to modernize this whole area while still maintaining a relationship with St. John’s Cathedral, a gothic revival structure on the other side of Ann Street.
A number of large metal square structures adorn the park, made from a variety of Locker Group products. The screens, made from perforated metal or wire mesh, provide sun shading, aesthetic features and privacy leading to the underground car park. Locker Group worked closely with Brisbane City Council’s design team to select products and concepts that would achieve the intent.
After developing a thorough understanding of the design requirements, Locker reviewed its existing product range in order to select profiles that would suit the design brief. When choosing products Locker considered the open area, shading required and the aspects from which inhabitants would view the panels.
Pic-Perf was one of the main design elements of the project. Pic-Perf allows the designer to depict an image permanently in metal. In this project the Pic-Perf panels reflected aspects of the cathedral. The panels were anodized in sovereign gold, and had images of the columns and arches of the cathedral perforated onto it, which provided the connection between the square and the cathedral that was such an integral feature of Brisbane Council’s brief.
When designing Pic-Perf Locker always considers the viewing aspect. At what distance will the majority of people view the panels, will light usually be in front or behind the panels? In this project the panels had to be visually appealing when front lit during the day or when backlit at night.
Pic-Perf is mainly used at the entrance to Ann Street. It can be seen as the focal point which draws people in and means more people come into the park, which is exactly what Brisbane Council wanted from the project.
Aero perforated metal is a standard Locker profile, however in this project it was tailored in a staggered pattern design. This was used as a roof for the square’s pergola, which was designed in such a way that vines and various other plants would ultimately grow over and gain a foothold on it.
Locker tries to ensure its projects are both functional and aesthetically pleasing, and nothing embodies this better than the pergola in this project, where the intention was to create a shade structure while still maintaining a sculptural element. While most pergolas tend to simply have slats on and are very one-dimensional, this structure brings it to life by adding another dimension.
Ikon 511 galvanized woven wire mesh is normally used in industrial projects, but here was chosen to disguise the entrance to the stairwell that leads to the carpark. In addition it provides a structural background for the Brisbane City Council and Cathedral Square logos to be displayed on.
Wayne Lawrence, Architectural Account Manager for Locker Group’s Brisbane office, said:
“The feedback from the council was brilliant, and they are currently planning the second stage of the project. We took on a very detailed brief and utilized our existing product range, coupled with our extensive knowledge to come up with a bespoke solution. The council was so impressed that they intend to work with us again because of the support and processes that we worked through with them.
We believe we’ve created a fantastic project that both ties the space to the cathedral and fulfills the aim of bringing more people into the square.”
Locker Group is proud of its experience and expertise, and use this at every stage of the projects it works on. Locker has a strong reputation in the industry as a deliverer of high quality, innovative and successful designs on time and to budget.
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